Small dog grooming jobs are usually done with scissors.
Dog grooming scissors refer to various types of scissors that can help with grooming dogs or cats. Many people prefer to use electric clippers to trim a large amount of hair, but for small jobs like trimming hair around the ears or feet, scissors may be a better choice. However, not all shears are created equal, and those looking to cut pet hair may be better off purchasing a shears designed for pet care, which should provide an even cut with ease.
Dog grooming scissors are made for right-handed or left-handed people.
People looking for simple dog grooming scissors may be confused by the variety of options. Some scissors have blunt ends, curved blades, or are designed especially for fine hair. For small trimming tasks, an all-in-one pair with blunt or pointed tips and straight blades is generally preferable. However, there may be one more choice because there are scissors designed for both right and left-handed people. Be sure to buy scissors suitable for the dominant hand.
Dog grooming scissors can be useful for grooming dogs and cats.
The typical pair of dog grooming scissors is about 4 to 6 inches (10.16 to 15.24 cm) long. Materials may vary. Stainless steel may be preferable because it tends to stay sharp and is durable. Those who need more comfort when using the scissors can find coated handles that are more comfortable on their fingers during long cutting sessions.
Hygiene scissors are not recommended for cutting dog and cat nails.
Animal grooming scissors with curved blades are generally more suitable for trimming nails, and many people prefer not to use them because special nail clippers or nail files are often more effective. Curved-blade scissors that are very sharp may be suitable for cutting cat nails, but may not be suitable for trimming a dog’s nails, especially if the nails are thick. For hair trimming, the curved blade can be a disadvantage as it does not cut the hair evenly.
Aspiring pet groomers should also avoid thinning shears, which are really only useful for removing some, but not all, hair, and don’t provide an even cut. Thinning shears can be great for dogs with long coats and/or undercoats, when owners want to reduce hair volume without significantly reducing the length. However, they do take some practice to use effectively without giving the remaining hair a “cut” look.
Because dog care needs vary so much, each different type of scissors may be effective for some types of dogs, but not all. For basic cuts, especially around the ears or feet, general dog care scissors are best. Since dogs’ ears can be fine and sensitive, blunt-tipped scissors or ballpoint pens may be a little safer for both the hobbyist and their pet. It is also important to use two fingers under the scissors when cutting your hair. This method helps reduce the chance of accidentally cutting the dog’s fur.